Ontario Trillium Foundation 2007 Great Grants Award Winners: Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth

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    MILDMAY, ON, Nov. 22 /CNW/ - Six remarkable Ontario not-for-profit
organizations will be honoured for the difference they have made in their
communities at the Ontario Trillium Foundation's 25th Anniversary celebration
in Mildmay, November 22, 2007. The evening will be hosted by John Weese of
CKNX-AM 920 Radio.
    "The Great Grants Awards recognize the vision, commitment and energy of
Ontario's volunteers and community organizations," said Kathleen Pletsch,
Grant Review Team Chair for Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth. "This is our 25th year
of strengthening communities and we're celebrating by holding 16 award events
across the province. We look forward to meeting community members in the Grey,
Bruce, Huron, Perth area who help make Ontario a great place to live."
    The Foundation presents the Great Grants Awards every two years. The
award winners were selected by volunteers who serve on the local Grant Review
Team. In the Grey, Bruce, Huron, Perth region, six organizations were chosen
for their outstanding achievements in the Arts and Culture, Sports and
Recreation, Environment and Human and Social Services sectors.

    2007 Great Grants Award Winners:

    -   Arts and Culture: The Gairbraid Theatre Company c/o Goderich Celtic
        Folk Festival. In 2005, OTF granted the Gairbraid Theatre Company
        $60,000 over two years to launch a new summer theatre experience.
        Audiences enjoyed sold out performances and tourism received a
        substantial boost, creating new employment and volunteer
        opportunities. Partnerships with the municipality, the Huron County
        Museum and local heritage groups are helping to support the
        sustainability of the theatre.

    -   Sports and Recreation: Scenic City Order of Good Cheer. OTF granted
        the group $5,000 to create an outdoor artificial ice surface in Owen
        Sound's Harrison Park. Available for free-skates during the winter
        and basketball, volleyball and other sports during the off-season,
        the open air rink is one of the most popular sports facilities ever
        in the community.

    -   Environment: Friends of Hullet: In 2003, OTF granted the group
        $42,200 to turn a derelict building into a new and vastly improved
        educational centre. In two years, membership in the Friends of Hullet
        rose to 171, with almost 150 volunteers getting involved in learning
        activities and year-round tours of the 2,200 hectares of land.

    -   Human and Social Services: United Way of Perth County. In 2003 with
        the help of an OTF grant of $61,000, the organization developed a
        multiple agency centre that lent space to small groups which would
        have had difficulty finding affordable space of their own. A
        development manager was hired to acquire further financial support
        and during the span of the grant, 214 grant proposals were submitted
        to foundations. With the increased exposure and accessibility for
        tenant agencies, the public became more aware of services available
        to them

    -   Grant Review Team Chair's Award - for exemplary volunteerism: The
        Cairn Committee c/o Owen Sound Marine and Rail Museum. To increase
        the knowledge of local history, OTF granted $46,000 in 2004 to an
        arts project commemorating the bravery of early settlers. A cairn was
        sculpted by the great-granddaughter of a black slave and was placed
        in Harrison Park. The cairn prompted a renewed interest in Owen
        Sound's heritage with new volunteers participating in community

    -   25th Anniversary Award - for remaining a leader in the not-for profit
        or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation's
        granting priorities: Victoria Jubilee Hall c/o Architectural
        Conservancy of Ontario. OTF recognized the importance of this
        Walkerton heritage building and gave three grants in 1999, 2002 and
        2007 totalling $44,500, to renovate and restore the hall. Over
        20 organizations regularly make use of the facility and several have
        permanent residency in the hall.

    The 2007 Great Grants Awards will be held Thursday November 22nd, from
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Mildmay-Carrick Recreation Complex in Mildmay.
The award presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is
an agency of the Government of Ontario. To learn more about OTF, visit

For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Bennett, Writer, Communications
Officer, 1-800-263-2887 ext. 293, cbennett@trilliumfoundation.org; The
Gairbraid Theatre Company c/o Goderich Celtic Folk Festival: Eleanor Robinson:
(519) 524-8221; Scenic City Order of Good Cheer: Lyle Love: (519) 376-4081;
Friends of Hullet: Matthew Sheltar: (519) 482-7011; United Way of Perth
County: Ellen Balmain, Benita Rooney (519) 271-7730; The Cairn Committee c/o
Owen Sound Marine and Rail Museum: Mary Smith: (519) 371-0031; Victoria
Jubilee Hall c/o Architectural Conservancy of Ontario: Mary Robinson Ramsey:
(519) 881-2826

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